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Bike Coop Seeks Used Bikes for Repair Session in Elyria

By Betty Gabrielli


In "Oberlin on a Roll" the Oberlin College publication Around the Square celebrated Oberlin's designation--by the Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency-- as a Bike Friendly Community. Recently, Betty Gabrielli updated the piece with more information about the Bike Coop.

DECEMBER 23, 1999--If you're replacing your family's two-wheelers with new bikes this Christmas or have any dilapidated bicycles lying around in the garage, consider donating the discards to the Oberlin Bike Coop. The donated bikes will help the coop launch its second bike-repair session at Wilkes Villa, a housing project in Elyria.

This spring, the donated bikes will be put to good use when the coop and Drop the Guns pair 15 Oberlin College students with 15 teens from the housing project in a repair workshop. Drop the Guns is a community outreach program whose aim is to help area youth find positive alternatives to drugs and violence.

By attending the workshop's eight sessions, the teens will not only learn basic bike repair skills, but they will also become proud owners of the bikes they restore--and the Stocker Foundation will pay for helmets and locks. Plans are also being made to install bike racks at the housing project.

"This program is part of a continuing effort by the Bike Coop to help Lorain County become more bike friendly," says Bike Coop education coordinator Kate Renner, a senior from Portland, Maine.

"Not only will this program provide kids with bikes, but it will also empower them to maintain their bikes themselves. This is especially important because of the area's high poverty rate--many bike owners are unable to afford commercial repairs."

Renner says that to ensure the program's success, donated bikes, especially children's bikes, are needed. They may be dropped off at the coop, located at the rear of the Keep Coop, 154 North Main Street--or coop members will retrieve the bikes from their current locations. More information is available at 440-775-5351.





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